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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Disable Or Block ActiveX Controls In Internet Explorer

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ActiveX Controls are small programs, many developed by companies other than Microsoft, help Internet Explorer 7 do things it can’t alone. ActiveX Controls provide websites with added degrees of functionality, interactivity, and multimedia. However, they can also introduce problems, such as rogue software masquerading as valid ActiveX Controls that can do damage to your computer and/or data. If you want to disable the use of ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer 7 when viewing the Internet, do the following:

  • From Windows Vista start menu, open Internet Explorer 7 .

  • Choose Tools from the menu.

  • From the resulting drop-down menu, choose Manage Add-ons, followed by Enable or Disable Add-ons….

  • In the Manage Add-ons window, choose Downloaded ActiveX Controls from the Show: drop-down box.

  • Select the first ActiveX Control listed, then click the Delete button in the Delete ActiveX area at the bottom of the window, and click OK.

  • If prompted to restart Internet Explorer, do so.

  • Close and then reopen Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista.

While disabling ActiveX Controls in IE7 provides a higher level of security, doing so may disable Flash and the usage of Windows Update. You can, though, put valid sites in a “Trusted Sites” zone.

  • From Internet Explorer, choose “Tools” then “Internet Options”.

  • When the “Internet Options” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the “Security” tab.

  • Click “Trusted Sites”.

  • Click the “Sites” button.

  • From here, enter websites as appropriate that you feel are trustworthy. Click the “Add” button after adding each site.

  • Click “OK” to close the dialog boxes.

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